Too many people within the Christian community have the notion that the President of the United States of America is indirectly the pastor of the United States. Let me say it this way. The duty of the president is to represent people of all faiths, not just Christians. Because the president takes the oath of office on a Bible, it’s does not elevate that individual into the office of pastor.
Every four years during the presidential election we find so many people doing the same thing. You know simply voting on a candidates’ stance on abortion and neglecting the life of people living in the world. If abortion isn’t their hot button they are voting on who has the least amount of baggage. Again, the president isn’t suppose to be perfect; but one who is qualified to lead in a crisis and unite people of all backgrounds to work together and live in harmony. I understand that many people within the Christian community want someone representing their faith and values, however, I need to caution you that a candidates words alone without looking at their actions is dangerous and misleading.
America likes to profess being a Christian nation, but anyone who understands history needs to examine the life of the Founding Fathers and how this country was established. We can’t stop there – how about the institution of slavery done by those who professed Christianity? Even today, we find many politicians claiming the banner of Christianity and yet initiate policies that seek to keep those who are disenfranchised down.
Here’s the clarion call for all those in the Christian community – stop looking for a president to be your savior. They will never be your savior. In fact, they are not called to be your savior. To refresh your memory for a moment, click here to read the oath the President takes. Nowhere does the oath declare the president as pastor.
The Christian community must separate pastor from president. It’s important to understand the following:
A pastor is guided by the Word of God, while the President is guided by the U.S. Constitution
A pastor preaches salvation through the blood of Jesus. The president does not specify one religion as being superior or inferior to any other religion
A pastor teaches and preaches to your needs and concerns. The president has to address the needs of the country and nation as a whole which may or may not be popular within the realm of Christianity
A pastor is held accountable to God. The president answers to the voters and Congress
Unless the Christian community understands the role of the president, they will continue making the mistake of seeing the president as savior. The Bible says, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior…” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
The Christian community must never make any individual an idol. If this occurs, all kinds of hell will transpire. The Bible never tells anyone to remain idle in doing good; it simply says, don’t worship anyone or anything other than God.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, minister, author, and success coach. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey